New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady reflected on many events in his legendary career during an interview with Oprah this past weekend.
Among the topics broached: Deflategate.
Brady admitted that he made the decision to drop the appeal in 2016 because he was fighting a losing battle.
“Just too much anxiety,” Brady told Oprah. “I realized I couldn’t win. It was divided attention and I was tired of that, tired of waking up and having a call with someone from the Players Association,” Brady said. “I said, ‘You know what, I’m going to use this as an opportunity, to have the month of September off for the first time in like 16, 21 years, and ‘I’m going to take advantage of this.”’
Brady continued: “The first thing we did — my wife and my kids — we flew out to see my parents. My mom was just starting treatment for cancer. And I said, ‘We’re going golfing. We’re going to go to Pebble Beach.’ And we went there. And we never went on a honeymoon, my wife and I, so we said, ‘Look, we’re going to go to Italy in September.’ And so I said, ‘Man, that was the best month off I think I’ve ever had.’ In some ways, I think it was a great experience in my life.”
Brady clarified that Deflategate was “really tough” in other ways.
“I think it taught me a lot of things. It taught me about the people I could really count on, the people that really supported me, and it taught me a lot about life,” Brady said. “Sometimes you do the best you can do, and it doesn’t work out. There were a lot of frustrations. I tried to fight as hard as I could for what I believed in.”